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Woven: Traditional Swedish Table-Made Hair Jewelry

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Course Overview

Beautiful objects can be made with common and unusual renewable resources. An almost forgotten form, hairwork, the unique folk art of creating jewelry from human hair, is loaded with Scandinavian history and culture. In this course, students will  learn how to set up and make four patterns on a traditional hairwork table and discover the cultural impact of this popular 1800’s adornment practice through artifacts, literature, and story. Careful work will result in lovely and intricate braids we will assemble into a handmade human hair bracelet. 

Imagine traveling in the mid-1800s from a Swedish country village to St. Petersberg or London during the winter time with your daughter and her cousin across frozen lakes, on trains and ships to work for six months making hair jewelry for urban citizens. This was common and highly valued practice for many skilled women from Sweden, especially those from Våmhus, Sweden, the only village that, to this day, has kept this art form alive for over 200 years. Learn more about this unique art form and fascinating cultural history in this weekend course. This course is open to students ages 15 and up.
$15-$30 depending on materials used, payable directly to the instructor during class

Optional Tools to Bring

  • Your favorite embroidery scissors
  • I will provide horse and human hair to use during the course. If an individual wishes to bring hair to the class, please make sure it is at least 12” long. A hank of hair about ¾-1”’ in diameter is sufficient.


Thu, Oct 28th, 2021  –  Sun, Oct 31st, 2021

Course Details

Hours: Day 1: 4-6pm Days 2-3: 9am-5pm Day 4: 9am-noon
Tuition: $255.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Karen Keenan
Karen Keenan
Duluth, MN

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Woven: Traditional Swedish Table-Made Hair Jewelry